Hydrating your skin is crucial to its health, after all, the skin is our largest organ and we should work to take care of it. Skin hydration is more than just drinking water, although the recommended 8 glasses a day should be part of everyone’s beauty regimen. Moisturizing, a good diet, and keeping your mind at ease are all a part of maintaining and encourage your skin’s glowing, healthy, and hydrated look. Balshi Dermatology wants you to have hydrated skin, all year long.
1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day:
You have likely heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is good for you, but did you know that it’s also good for your skin? Maybe you suffer from dry skin, or perhaps your complexion looks a little drab, either way, drinking the recommended daily intake of water will perk your skin right up.
Why is this? Hydration is essential for basic cell functions, including the skin cells. For those looking more weary than usual, it’s probably due to lack of water. Plump skin cells are happy skin cells, and they will reflect this in your glowing complexion if you keep them hydrated.
2. Add avocado to your diet:
Avocados are more than a trendy “it” food; they’re excellent for your skin. For hydrated skin, add avocados to your diet, along with plenty of water. Avocados contain vitamin E, a nourishing vitamin that smooths, hydrates, and plumps skin, evening out wrinkles and fine lines. Avocados also have chlorophyll, a super-hydrating plant pigment that reduces inflammation, leaving your skin with a more even tone and zero redness. Avocados are easy to add to any dish, like salads, sandwiches, toast, smoothies, and your favorite salsa.
3. Moisturize on a daily basis:
For hydrated skin, this is an obvious answer, but there is a catch! While it’s vital to moisturize every day to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and hydrated, don’t just use any old moisturizer. For perfectly hydrated skin, find a high-quality moisturizer that penetrates the skin’s deepest layers and protects and encourages the skin’s natural oil producing barrier. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are effective at trapping moisture within the skin’s layers and promoting the flexibility of collagen fibers with its gel-like consistency. Regardless if you have oily, dry, or a combination skin type, moisturizing daily will keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
4. Eat fruits and vegetables high in beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, a vitamin that you have probably seen on many product labels for skin care. Our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, also called retinol, and this is essential for our skin health. Beta-carotene and vitamin A aid in our bodies’ production of collagen, which is a crucial element to healthy, youthful, and firm looking skin.
Beta-carotene is also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, and as studies have indicated, free radicals damage skin cells. This nutrient can be found in foods like asparagus, carrots, onions, bell peppers, kale, spinach, and broccoli, so remember what your mother always told you and eat your veggies. To learn more about what foods are good for your skin please check out – Foods that feed your skin!
5. Manage stress:
Managing stress is easier said than done for the majority of us, but finding our own methods in doing so can greatly benefit the way we live, our emotions, and our skin. You have probably witnessed that your stress levels can directly correlated to breakouts, acne, wrinkles, and an overall strung-out complexion. By keeping yourself happy and stress-free (well, mostly), you can avoid these stress related breakouts and the results will speak for themselves. By managing stress, you are helping yourself in more ways than you know—your healthy, hydrated skin included.